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Can I watch NBA preseason games on TV? How to watch on television and online

We got you covered with how and where to watch the 2022-23 NBA preseason that tips off on Sep. 30 and concludes on Oct. 14.

We got you covered with how and where to watch the 2022-23 NBA preseason that tips off on Sep. 30 and concludes on Oct. 14.

The 2022 NBA preseason will begin overseas tonight when the defending champion Golden State Warriors take on the Washington Wizards in Tokyo on Sept. 30 for the NBA Japan Games 2022. It will be the Warriors’ first time outside of North American since 2022/23, when they played the Timberwolves in Tokyo.

Each NBA plays between four and six preseason games, concluding the preseason on Oct. 14.

How to watch the NBA preseason?

The NBA Japan games will air live in Japan on NBA Rakuten, the NBA Rakuten YouTube channel and Rakuten TV, and in the U.S. on NBA TV and NBC Sports Washington.

As for the rest of the games, the best way to stream the preseason is on DirecTV Stream, which offers a limited free trial, and is the only streaming service that carries YES Network. FuboTV will also be streaming the games, as well as NBA TV and TNT.

Related: NBA 2022-23 preseason complete schedule: Dates and times of every game

In addition to bringing you the complete schedule of the 2022-23 NBA preseason, here is a look at the crucial events, deadlines and dates to keep track of:

  • Sept. 30: Preseason games begin
  • Sept. 30 & Oct. 2: NBA Japan Games, Golden State Warriors vs. Washington Wizards (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Oct. 6 & 8: NBA Abu Dhabi Games, Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • Oct. 14: Preseason games end
  • Oct. 18: Start of the 2022-23 regular season
  • Oct. 22: 2022-23 NBA G League Draft
  • Oct. 24: NBA G League training camps open
  • Nov. 3: Rosters set for NBA G League Showcase Cup (5 p.m. ET)
  • Nov. 4: NBA G League Showcase Cup begins (18 games per team)
  • Dec. 17: NBA Mexico City game: Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs
  • Dec. 19-22: NBA G League Winter Showcase and Showcase Cup Championship Game
  • Dec. 27: NBA G League regular season begins (32 games per team)


  • Jan. 5: 10-day contracts can be signed
  • Jan. 10: Standard contracts are guaranteed for the season
  • Jan. 19: NBA Paris Game, Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons (Paris, France)
  • Jan. 20: All two-way contracts are guaranteed for the remainder of the season
  • Feb. 9: NBA trade deadline (3 p.m. EST)
  • Feb. 17-19: NBA All-Star Weekend (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Feb. 17-22: NBA All-Star break
  • March 1: Playoff eligibility waiver deadline
  • March 25: NBA G League regular season ends
  • March 28: NBA G League Playoffs 2023 begin
  • April 9: NBA regular season ends
  • April 11-14: NBA play-in tournament
  • April 15: NBA playoffs begin
  • April 23: NBA early entry eligibility deadline (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • May 1-2: NBA Conference Semifinals begin (possible move-up to April 29-30)
  • May 16-17: NBA Conference Finals begin (possible move-up to May 14-15)
  • June 1: NBA Finals 2023 Game 1
  • June 1: NBA Finals 2023 Game 1
  • June 4: NBA Finals 2023 Game 2
  • June 7: NBA Finals 2023 Game 3
  • June 9: NBA Finals 2023 Game 4
  • June 12: NBA Draft Early Entry Entrant Withdrawal Deadline (5 p.m. ET)
  • June 12: NBA Finals 2023 Game 5 (if necessary)
  • June 15: NBA Finals 2023 Game 6 (if necessary)
  • June 18: NBA Finals 2023 Game 7 (if necessary)
  • June 22: NBA Draft 2023

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